Colored Gems

Nina Elle Jewels


Sapphires are made from the mineral corundum, and like the ruby is the second hardest gemstone after diamond. Red corundum is known as ruby, while all other colors are referred to as sapphires. While blue is the classic sapphire color, sapphire is actually found in a wide range of colors including white, pink, orange, yellow, green, purple, & black. Most sapphires are heat treated to bring out the intensity and color of the stone. They measure 9 on Moh’s scale of hardness and are durable for daily wear. Sapphires tend to be cleaner than rubies and are a perfect center stone for any ring. At Nina Elle Jewels we have a wide variety of sapphire stones from light to dark and can custom cut a shape per request. We can also custom cut a sapphire per request.
Sapphire is the birthstone for SEPTEMBER
Sapphire is the stone representing the 5th Wedding Anniversary


Ruby is made of Corundum, a crystalline form of aluminum oxide.. Corundum is the second hardest mineral on Moh’s scale with an overall hardness of 9 and is admired for its hardness brilliance and excellent wear ability. Most rubies on the market are heat treated before they are cut to improve the color and clarity of the stone. At Nina Elle Jewels we have a variety of rubies in various shapes and cuts to fit your needs. We can also custom cut a ruby per request.
Ruby is the birthstone for JULY
Ruby is the gem used to celebrate your 15th wedding anniversary


Emerald is the most precious stone in the beryl group and measures 7.5-8 on Moh’s scale of hardness. The wonderful green color of emerald is unparalleled in the gem world. The precious green color is caused by trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. It is not surprising then that emerald is classified as one of the traditional four precious stones along with sapphire, ruby and diamond. Almost all natural emeralds contain inclusions. For that reason emeralds are generally more fragile than other gems in the beryl family and must be handled more gently. Almost all emeralds are treated with oil or resins to fill tiny cracks. With emerald, even more than other colored gems, it is color which is the chief determinant of value. A common treatment of Emerald gems is referred to as Oiling, a process of immersing the emerald in a colorless oil or resin to dramatically improve the appearance of the gem.
Emerald is the birthstone for MAY and for commemorating the 20th and 35th wedding anniversarie


Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and is known for its delicate blue or blue green coloring, which accounts for its name.. Aquamarine is a popular stone with very good hardness and luster. The stone comes in a variety of shades from light to darker blue-green and in a variety of clarities. The more saturated the color, the higher the price for this stone. Most Aquamarines have been heat treated to produce the popular blue green color. They measure 7.5 to 8 on Moh’s scale of hardness
Aquamarine is the birthstone for MARCH
Amethyst is the gem that is gifted for your 19th wedding anniversary


Amethyst The most precious stone in the quartz group and measures 7 on Moh’s scale of hardness. Since purple is considered a royal color, amethyst, the transparent purple quartz, enjoyed an historical importance as an insignia of power. Amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. The colors range from purple, violet to pale red-violet.
Amethyst is the birthstone for FEBRUARY
Amethyst is the gem that is gifted for your 6th wedding anniversary


Topaz is an excellent stone to be used in a variety of jewelry pieces. It has a high refractive index and hardness of 8 on Moh’s Scale. Topaz comes in many colors, including clear, brown, yellow, orange, red, pink and blue. The blue topaz, with a pale to medium blue color created by irradiation, can be found in very large sizes at affordable prices. The fine golden-yellow variety, known as Imperial Topaz, is relatively scarce. Topaz colors are rarely vivid. The most common color is yellow with a red tint; the most valuable is pink to reddish. The coloring agents are iron and chromium. In general Topaz is moderately priced and is an excellent choice for center stones, pendants and other jewelry pieces.
Topaz is the birthstone for DECEMBER
Topaz is the stone representing the 4th Wedding Anniversary


Peridot belongs to the forsterite-fayalite mineral series, which is part of the olivine group. It is one of the "idiochromatic" gems, meaning its color comes from the basic chemical composition of the mineral itself, not from minor impurities, and therefore will only be found in shades of green. As a matter of fact peridot is one of the few gemstones found in only one color. The intensity of its color comes from the amount of iron it contains. Since peridot is mainly a transparent stone, inclusions may create a cloudy appearance. It is at best quality when purchased in eye clean clarity. It measures 6.5 on Moh’s scale of hardness and should be worn with care.
It is the birthstone for AUGUST
Peridot is the gem representing the 6th wedding anniversary


Citrine is one of the most popular and affordable gemstones and measures 7 on Moh’s scale of hardness. Named after the French word for lemon, "citron", most citrines are actually more of a golden than lemon yellow. Citrine colors includes yellow to gold to orange brown and red shades of transparent quartz. It is beautifully displayed as a center stone for yellow gold as well as white gold or platinum ring pieces and is most commonly cut in as an oval, round and pear shapes.
Citrine is the birthstone of NOVEMBER
Citrine is the gem used to celebrate your 13th wedding anniversary


Garnet are generally very clean gems and come most commonly in a saturated dark red color. Garnets are quite sturdy and resistant to everyday wear and tear, and uncomplicated to work into jewelry. They measure 7-7.5 on Moh’s scale of hardness and are excellent gem options for fine jewelry pieces.
Garnet is the birthstone for January
Garnet is the gem that is gifted for your 2th wedding anniversary


Tanzanite is a variety of the zoisite family. In most high quality tanzanites, the color is ultramarine to sapphire blue. It measures a 5.6-7 on Moh’s scale of hardness and due to it’s minor durability, it should be worn with care. Nearly all tanzanite has been heat treated to produce the striking violet-blue color. The most popular color is a saturated blue, which shows a purplish hue shimmering around it. Tanzanite needs experienced cutters to treat it carefully, as the stone has perfect cleavage in one direction. A tanzanite is cut in all imaginable shapes and forms, from classical round cuts to imaginative designer cuts.
Tanzanite is the gem that is gifted for your 24th wedding anniversary


Pearls have been prized for their beauty and rarity for more than four thousand years. Pearls are the only organic gemstones which are grown inside of a living organism. They are formed within oysters or mollusks when a foreign substance invades the shell and enters the soft mantle tissue. In response to the irritation, the mantle's epithelial cells form a sac (known as a pearl sac) which secretes a crystalline substance called nacre, the same substance which makes up the interior of a mollusk's shell, which builds up in layers around the irritant, forming a pearl. Pearls are most commondly recognized as necklace gems however rings with pearls as center stones have also become quite common. Pearls are rather soft and measure 2.5-4.5 on Moh’s scale of hardness.
Pearl is the birthstone for JUNE
Pearl is the gem that is gifted for your 3th wedding anniversary